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The Knitter's Guild Meeting this week featured Melissa Leapman as speaker; she brought many samples from her new book Color Knitting the Easy Way (lucky us, we had an advance copy, so look for the review in the Summer issue). One of the Guild members wore the sweaters and walked up down all of the rows so we could see and touch them. Melissa seemed a little intimidated by our numbers. Madison actually has one of the largest knitting guilds in the country, and the sheer amount of knitting in the room can be a little boggling. Just looking around and trying to identify the garments provides lots of entertainment at the meetings. You think–aha–knupps! She must be doing Haapsalu knitting! There's an Amy Anderson pattern; wonder what that complicated Aran sweater is….

Even more exciting than the meeting itself, the family that owns and runs Sun Valley Fibers, my new yarn obsession, was vending, and Jeannette gave Knitcircus a whole bag full of goodies for yarn support, including roving and yarn from their very own Icelandic sheep! No Oscar attendee ever got more jazzed up over their swag than I did carrying this bag of lovelies home.

Want a peek?

Sun valley sock 

Laceweight, 800 yards, Color, Golden Harvest, 80% Merino, 10% Cotton,10% Nylon. Yum!

Sun valley cream icelandic
100% Icelandic DK from their own sheep! 200 yards.

Sun valley brown
More of their own Icelandic, naturally chocolate-brown.

Some I've craftily kept secret, but you'll see it in the Summer issue! We'll be reviewing some of their roving, too, a Knitcircus first.

Speaking of the Guild, this Saturday's the Knit-In! if you're local, it's still not too late to register. Mason-Dixon Knitting, Franklin Habit, Amy Detjen and I don't even know what all. I don't know how those ladies do it, but they always put together an amazing day.


March 10, 2010 by Knitcircus
Tags: Knitting

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